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What are the differences between esophageal varices and hemorrhoids?

What are the differences between esophageal varices and hemorrhoids?

Location: Both areas represent collateral circulation between the portal system (think guts) and the systemic circulation. Increased flow in these areas leads to enlargement of the veins and the problems listed. Both may be a sign of problem in the portal system, or may be isolated problems. Further history, examination and testing is needed to know more. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get esophageal varices?

Do a lot of people get esophageal varices?

No, it is uncommon. : Esophageal varices are more common in people with high blood pressure in veins that drain into the liver. This is usually caused by a liver disease like alcohol-induced cirrhosis or chronic hepatitis. ...Read more

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My sister says she has esophageal varices. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has esophageal varices. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Liver disease: Varices are seen commonly in liver disease. So it depends on what liver disease we are talking about. For example hepatitis c isn't genetic but wilson's disease and hereditary hemachromatosis are. ...Read more

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Can a teenager get esophageal varices?

Can a teenager get esophageal varices?

If cirrhosis : Uncommon but cirrhosis is possible at all ages an thus varies are a possibility. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for esophageal varices?

Variety of things: Esophageal varices are dilated veins that form when the liver is damaged. When the liver is scarred blood flow "backs up" into nereby veins like those in the esophagus, they can then bleed. Therapy is aimed at lowering the bleeding risk. Medicines which lower the pressure in the veins ( beta blockers, nitrates) can help. So can procedures that divert blood flow from the liver ( "tips". ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of esophageal varices?

What's the best treatment to get rid of esophageal varices?

Can not: Oesophageal varices are enlarged submucosal veins that develop secondary to portal vein hypertension. Operations to decompress the portal vein system into the vena cava or the left renal vein have been developed as well as interrupting the varices from the portal system. Consult hepatologist and portal surgeon.Liver transplant can eliminate portal hypertension. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with esophageal varices?

Gastrenterologists: Gastroenterologists that do hepatology, deal with cirrhosis of the liver, liver fluke, and portal hypertension. ...Read more

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What is a good way to lose weight and get rid of esophageal varices?

They don't ...: Esophageal varices are caused by portal hypertension, usually from cirrhosis. They do not go away with weight loss. Have you seen a liver specialist (hepatologist) yet? Please do so. Your question suggests a lack of understanding and varices can have fatal complications. ...Read more

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How can I treat esophageal varices?

See a doctor: Esophageal varices is not a trivial lesion. It is usually associated with severe and chronic liver disease. It is not something you can treat yourself for. ...Read more

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How do people develop esophageal varices?

Cirrhosis: Scarring of the liver (cirrhosis) interferes with blood flow into the liver substance, especially venous blood coming from the gastrointestinal tract. This results in rerouting of this venous blood which is returned to the heart through esophageal varices, which are veins that become abnormally dilated in order to acommodate this increased volume of blood. ...Read more

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